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Bass Pro Shops Open Series
Director: Chris Gist
2018 Season Schedule
||Wheeler||Joe Wheeler State Park||Find
||Neely Henry||Coosa Landing||Find
||Weiss||Little River Marina||Find
|Division 1 Points Top 25|
|1||James Andy Parkinson||4||20||950|
|4||Paul Tony Tony Tidwell||4||18||918|
|8||Jerry Marvin McCullough||4||19||900|
|9||Rusty White Jr||4||13||895|
|17||Danny Danny Shell||4||14||714|
|18||Tim Van Polen||3||15||713|
|25||Jimmy Jimmy Mason||3||8||653|
|22||Larry N/A McNeil||3||9||721|
Weiss Lake Double Header
June 1, 2020, Athens, AL. June 6 and 7 ABA will host a doubleheader weekend on Weiss Lake in Centre AL. On Saturday, the third tournament for the Bass Pro Shops Open Series North Alabama Division will be held. Sunday, the Bass Pro Shops Team Tour will be held. Both events will launch from Little River Marina, 1780 County Rd. 102 Cedar Bluff, Alabama 35959.
Henshaw Takes the win on Neely Henry
The 2020 Bass Pro Shops North Alabama Open Series had its 2nd stop of the season on Neely Henry. Launching from Coosa Landing 82 boaters and 63 co-anglers went out chasing little green fish. Thomas Henshaw claimed 1st place for the boaters with 5 fish weighing 15.30 lbs. For his efforts, Thomas took home $5,200. Thomas also landed the biggest fish for the boaters with a 4.87-lb beauty, earning him an additional $770. He caught his fish flipping wood with a creature bait and a craw.
Two Events May 2nd & 3rd on Neely Henry
April 27, 2020, Athens, AL. The second event of the season for the Bass Pro Shops Open Series North Alabama Open Series will be held on Neely Henry on May 5th out of Coosa Landing in Gadsden, AL.
Kent Keys of Anniston, AL, is currently leading in the division after his 19.60 pounds win on Guntersville Lake in February. Kent pocketed $5,000 for first place and another wad of cash for big bass.
Paul Tidwell of Horton, AL, has high hopes for the Neely Henry tournament. “We are all ready to get back out there and compete”, said Tidwell. “Neely Henry is a really fun lake to fish and last year it took 20 pounds to win. I’m expecting weights to be even better this year. The fish have had a lot less pressure than normal, so I’m expecting everyone to catch fish”, concluded Tidwell.
The Bass Pro Shops Open Series is a Pro-Am format, and the Bass Pro Shops Triton Team Tour is a Team format. Anglers can sign up for one of both events.
Stringent guidelines of social distancing and modified tournament procedures will be enforced at these events, anglers should read ABA guidelines published at this link:
Kent Keys Takes Home $5,000 on Lake Guntersville
ATHENS, Ala. – The 2020 Bass Pro Shops North Alabama Open Series Tournament kicked off on Guntersville Lake at Goose Pond Landing with 64 boaters and 59 co-anglers. Finishing in 1st place Boater with 5 fish weighing 19.60 lbs. was Kent Keys winning $5,000. Kent also landed the biggest bass for the boaters with a 6.70-lb toad, earning himself an extra $620. He caught his fish using 6”and 7” swimbaits on creek ledges and bends, and deep grass lines.
An Insider’s Guide to fishing Lake Guntersville
WRITTEN BY J. SCOTT BUTHERUS ON FEBRUARY 27, 2020
Lake Guntersville, the site of the action for the 2020 Bassmaster Classic, has a history of producing scale-busting bags during tournaments. It also has a reputation for breaking the wills of otherwise talented anglers with disappointing days.
Oftentimes, there isn’t a whole lot of rhyme or reason separating those two things. So what exactly does it take to catch those famous Lake Guntersville lunkers? How do you get more boom than bust when it comes to bass at this year’s Classic?
HotelPlanner.com Partners with ABA
Athens, AL February 26, 2020 – American Bass Anglers, Inc. (ABA) announced today that HotelPlanner.com has signed a multi-year partnership and be showcased at all Bass Pro Shops Open Series, Triton Boats Team Trail, Bass Pro Shops 150 Series, Bass Pro Shops Military Team Event and all Championships. Americanbassanglers.Hotelplanner.com provides fast accurate hotel reservations insuring the lowest hotel rates. This allows our members to obtain the lowest prices at hotels near tournament sites or making business travel arrangements or making vacation plans, plus Americanbassanglers.Hotelplanner.com guarantees the lowest rates or they will pay for your hotel room.
2021 Ray Scott Championship Lake Chickamauga Dayton, TN
ATHENS, Ala. – January 06, 2020 -- American Bass Anglers announced today that the 2021 Ray Scott Championship, will be hosted by Dayton, TN. The event will take place April 11-18 at Dayton Boat Dock on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, TN. Two hundred boaters and co-anglers from the Bass Pro Shops Open Series 2020 season will be invited to compete for over $300,000.00 in cash and prizes which include $115,000 for first place boater and $65,000 for first place co-angler.
Lake Chickamauga is a reservoir along the Tennessee River completed in 1940 and has a shoreline of 810 miles stretching from Watts Bar Dam to Chickamauga Dam making the lake 58.9 miles long. The Championship will launch from the Dayton Boat Dock at Dayton TN, near the midsection of the lake. Lake Chickamauga is known for big bass stringers and the month of April should produce an exceptional fishery for all the anglers.......
Bass Pro Shops Open Series 2020 Registration Open
September 30, 2019, Registration for the 2020 Bass Pro Shops Open Series is now open.
Pryor Takes the win in Area 1 Championship on Guntersville
Terry Pryor of Cullman, Al won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Area 1 Championship tournament, held September 9th-10th on Lake Guntersville. Running out of Goose Pond in Scottsboro, AL Terry caught a two day total of ten bass for a total weight of 35.83-lbs. For his win, Pryor took home a check for $3700.
Robinson wins $5000 at Lake Guntersville
ATHENS, Ala. – Tracy Robinson, of Gadsden, AL, won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series North Alabama tournament, held on May 4th on Lake Guntersville. Running out of Goosepond Bait and Tackle. Robinson won with just over a 2-pound lead. Robinson caught five bass weighing 27.20-pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Robinson took home a check for $5000.
Morrison wins $5000 at Neely Henry with a broken motor!
ATHENS, Ala. – Toby Morrison of Lyerly, GA won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Alabama North tournament, held April 13th on Neely Henry. Running out of Coosa Landing in Gadsden, AL Morrison caught five bass weighing 20.13-pounds. Morrison also caught a beautiful 6.52-pound bass that took Big Bass for the boaters. For the Boater Division victory, Morrison took home a check for $5000 as well as a check for $630 for his big bass.
North Alabama Open Series Heads to Neely Henry
ATHENS, Ala. – The North Alabama Division of the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Team Tour operated by American Bass Anglers will hold its second event of the season on April 12, 2019 on Neely Henry Lake in Gadsden, AL. The competitors will launch at Coosa Landing located at 200 Lake St, Gadsden, AL 35903. Registration begins at 4 p.m. local time at the stage trailer at Coosa Landing, with the tournament briefing to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening.
Beutjer Cashes in with Contingency
This past weekend the Alabama North Division of the Bass Pro Shops Open Series held its first event of the season launching from Goose Pond. The water level was high and most of the lake and main river channels were stained with a good current. Will Beutjer of Athens, AL made the drive to compete for his share of the over $16,000 in prize money awarded at the tournament. Will had a great day on the water landing a 5-fish limit that locked in the scales at 23.77-lbs. Will anchored his bag with a beautiful 7.52-lb largemouth.
ATHENS, Ala. – Dewayne Woodall of Scottsboro, AL won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series North Alabama tournament, held March 2nd on the Guntersville Lake. Running out of Goosepond, on Lake Guntersville, AL. Woodall caught five bass weighing 27.40-pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Dewayne took home a check for $5500.
Alabama North Opens on Guntersville
ATHENS, Ala. – The Alabama North Division of the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Open Series presented by American Bass Anglers will host the first event of the season on March 2, 2019, on Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro, AL.
The competitors will launch from Goosepond, located at 417 Ed Hembry Drive, Scottsboro, AL 35769. Anglers may begin fishing at 6:00 a.m. or safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 3:00 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. local time at the stage trailer located at Goosepong with the tournament briefing to begin at 7:00 p.m.